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Social media may fuel rise in cosmetic surgery

Article-Social media may fuel rise in cosmetic surgery

New York — Social media networks and other technology such as Facebook, Skype and FaceTime may be encouraging consumers to seek cosmetic procedures, according to a report.

Global media network Mindshare conducted research involving 36,000 people in 36 countries, finding that photo-sharing services may be responsible for young people to become more concerned about their appearance.

Mindshare noted that chin implant procedures rose by 71 percent in the United States in the past year.

“Many of those procedures … were done by people who wanted to look better while chatting on FaceTime or Skype, or who just wanted to exorcize a double-chin for a shot on Facebook,” the report noted.

Younger people may also be seeking cosmetic procedures in greater numbers due to bullying from peers, which can be exacerbated by social networking sites such as Facebook, according to the report.

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